An Iranian-American Pastor, who was setting up an orphanage in Iran, has been sentenced to 8 years in Iran’s most brutal prison, Evin prison. The charges against him are for “evangelizing.” The sentence was passed down by Judge Pir-Abassi, Iran’s hanging judge.
The evidence was based on Abedini’s activities in the early 2000s when house churches were not considered a threat in Iran.
The charges are bogus, as if imprisoning someone for preaching could ever be deserving of 8 years in jail to begin with. This is an American citizen we are talking about.
He has already been beaten and tortured. They will not give him medicine because he is “impure.”
He will not survive 8 years in this prison. It is a death sentence.
President Obama has not commented on the situation.
National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement Sunday the administration is “deeply disappointed that Saeed Abedini has been sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on a charge related to his religious beliefs.”
The State Department also called for Abedini’s release:
“Mr. Abedini’s attorney had only one day (January 21) to present his defense, so we remain deeply concerned about the fairness and transparency of Mr. Abedini’s trial,” spokesman Darby Holladay said in a statement.
Another weak-kneed response from the United States.
Pastor Saeed’s family is being represented by the ACLJ.